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Use of the My Fitness Pal Mobile Application to Decrease Body Mass Indexes and Improve Depressive Symptoms
by Hobson, Gail, D.N.P., Brandman University, 2021, 69; 28319356
Abstract (Summary)

Depression and obesity are prevalent medical comorbidities that can be detrimental to an individual's quality of life if not addressed appropriately. The complexities and medical complications from these diseases have led to obesity and MDD being identified as pandemics. This project explores how the My Fitness Pal (MFP) weight management application was used to reduce body mass indexes (BMIs) and depression symptoms for overweight and obese adults. Participants with BMIs of 25 kg/m2 with depressive symptoms were recruited, utilized the MFP application to enter dietary and physical activity data, completed PHQ-9 questionnaires, engaged in weekly or bi-weekly telephone calls to attain MFP app information, and took part in clinical monitoring of their weight loss and depression symptom progression over thirteen weeks. A convenience sample of participants (n = 31) between 18 to 70 years of age completed the project with 42% female and 58% male participants. Paired sample t-tests of the pre-intervention and post-intervention BMI and PHQ-9 scores were analyzed. The MFP intervention demonstrated a BMI change of .47 and a PHQ-9 score change of 1.07 points, which demonstrated statistical significance. The statistical data for the PHQ-9 is demonstrated, t (2.26) = 1.07 (SD = 2.62), p =.031. The statistical data for the BMI is demonstrated, t (5.34) = .47 (SD = .48), p = .000. The results of this project adds to peer-reviewed evidence-based practice research on alternative, non-pharmacological interventions for weight and depression management.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Milstein, Ruth
Commitee: Webb, Bryan, Hanisch, Tyke
School: Brandman University
Department: Marybelle and S. Paul Musco School of Nursing and Health Professions
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 82/8(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Nursing, Psychology, Information Technology
Keywords: Body Mass Index, Depression, My Fitness Pal, Obesity, Overweight, Mobile health applications
Publication Number: 28319356
ISBN: 9798582542759
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